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Presentation October 20, 2017

Navigating Customer Acquisition to Success

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

​Janine Migden-Ostrander discussed consumer protection strategies for the solar industry at the Solar Power Midwest conference in Chicago, Illinois....

Distributed Generation, Pricing and Rate Design, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary
Report September 12, 2017

Next-Generation Performance-Based Regulation: Emphasizing Utility Performance to Unleash Power Sector Innovation

By David Littell, Camille Kadoch, Philip Baker, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Max Dupuy, Brenda Hausauer, Carl Linvill, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Jan Rosenow, Wang Xuan, Owen Zinaman, Jeffrey Logan

Performance-based regulation (PBR) enables regulators to reform 100-year-old regulatory structures to unleash innovations within 21st century power systems. Our current electric system is built upon an old regulatory paradigm that ensured safe and reliable electricity at reasonable prices from capital-intensive electricity monopolies. Today, disruptive technologi...

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Presentation March 1, 2017

Flexible and Customizable: Designing Decoupling for Your State

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Richard Sedano

In this webinar, RAP explores the merits of decoupling and describes how states can tailor decoupling mechanisms to work best for them. Drawing from the report Decoupling Design: Customizing Revenue Regulation to Your State’s Priorities, Janine Migden-Ostrander and Richard Sedano delve into decisions regulators must make when determining exactly what is covered...

Business Models, Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
March117
Webinar (video)

Flexible and Customizable: Designing Decoupling for Your State (Webinar)

Under traditional regulation, utilities make more money when they sell more electricity. Yet this equation can conflict with the public policy objectives of utility and environmental regulators. In response, some states have adopted or are considering utility revenue regulation—or “decoupling”—to mitigate risks to utilities and consumers, and to deal with potential revenue shortfalls caused by...

Report January 18, 2017

Regulatory Approaches to Grid Resiliency and Security

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, David Littell, Riley Allen

Ensuring a stronger grid that is capable of withstanding a catastrophic event, or alternatively a grid for which outage durations can be minimized in such an event, involves several steps. First is prevention: identifying the grid’s weaknesses and how to mitigate them. Second is recovery: steps to ensure quick restoration of service after a major event. Third i...

Business Models, Distributed Generation, Distribution Resource Planning, Non-Transmission Alternatives, Pricing and Rate Design, Reliability, Role of Regulatory Institutions, Transmission Planning Download View Summary
Report November 8, 2016

Revenue Regulation and Decoupling: A Guide to Theory and Application (incl. Case Studies)

By Jim Lazar, Frederick Weston, Wayne Shirley, Janine Migden-Ostrander, Dave Lamont, Elizabeth Watson

Under traditional regulation, utilities make more money when they sell more energy. Yet this reality is at odds with explicit public policy objectives that utility and environmental regulators are charged with achieving, including economic efficiency and environmental protection. Many utility-sector stakeholders have recognized the conflicts implicit in tradition...

Pricing and Rate Design, Revenue Regulation Download View Summary
Report November 7, 2016

Decoupling Design: Customizing Revenue Regulation to Your State’s Priorities

By Janine Migden-Ostrander, Richard Sedano

Many states have adopted utility decoupling, or revenue regulation, which breaks the link between electricity sales and revenues to the utility. Originally, it was conceived as a way to make utilities indifferent to annual sales volumes by addressing the net revenue volatility associated with weather, changes in local economic conditions, and energy efficiency pr...

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Presentation April 7, 2016

Net Metering

By Janine Migden-Ostrander

At the Green Energy Ohio Policy Conference, Janine Migden-Ostrander provided insight into the concept of net metering. She outlines the basic principles behind net metering, explores utility business models, the principles of “smart” rate design, and regulatory opportunities arising from ongoing changes in the power sector....

Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Grid-Scale Renewables, Pricing and Rate Design, Regulation and Governance, Revenue Regulation, Role of Regulatory Institutions Download View Summary